Health risks associated with cigar smoking

Frank Baker, Stuart R. Ainsworth, Joseph T. Dye, Corinne Crammer, Michael J. Thun, Dietrich Hoffmann, James L. Repace, Jack E. Henningfield, John Slade, John Pinney, Thomas Shanks, David M. Burns, Gregory N. Connolly, Donald R. Shopland

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This article summarizes principal findings from a conference convened by the American Cancer Society in June 1998 to examine the health risks of cigar smoking. State-of-the-science reports were presented and 120 attendees (representing government and private agencies, academia, health educators, and tobacco control experts) participated in panels and summary development discussions. The following conclusions were reached by consensus: (1) rates of cigar smoking are rising among both adults and adolescents; (2) smoking cigars instead of cigarettes does not reduce the risk of nicotine addiction; (3) as the number of cigars smoked and the amount of smoke inhaled increases, the risk of death related to cigar smoking approaches that of cigarette smoking; (4) cigar smoke contains higher concentrations of toxic and carcinogenic compounds than cigarettes and is a major source of fine-particle and carbon monoxide indoor air pollution; and (5) cigar smoking is known to cause cancers of the lung and upper aerodigestive tract.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)735-740
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Medical Association
Issue number6
StatePublished - Aug 9 2000
Externally publishedYes

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    Baker, F., Ainsworth, S. R., Dye, J. T., Crammer, C., Thun, M. J., Hoffmann, D., Repace, J. L., Henningfield, J. E., Slade, J., Pinney, J., Shanks, T., Burns, D. M., Connolly, G. N., & Shopland, D. R. (2000). Health risks associated with cigar smoking. Journal of the American Medical Association, 284(6), 735-740.